Tags: Reproductive Rights

Abortion ruling is a missed opportunity to recognise the disparity in women’s reproductive health rights across the UK

Abortion ruling is a missed opportunity to recognise the disparity in women’s reproductive health rights across the UK

Posted: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 by Dr Antony Lempert

Ensuring that NHS abortion services are made available, free of charge, to UK citizens travelling from Northern Ireland would be a way of mitigating the harm caused by a disparity in women's reproductive health rights across the UK, argues Dr Antony Lempert.... Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights, Abortion

Irish National Maternity Hospital: “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”

Irish National Maternity Hospital: “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”

Posted: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

The determination to give a hospital to a disgraced religious order, in spite of public outrage, is the very antithesis of secularism. But the episode has prompted calls for fundamental changes in the relationship between church and state, writes Keith Porteous... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Ireland, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights

Stop pharmacies refusing prescriptions for emergency contraception on religious grounds

Stop pharmacies refusing prescriptions for emergency contraception on religious grounds

Posted: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 by Keith Porteous Wood

With the regulator considering curtailing 'conscience' objections to contraception prescriptions, Keith Porteous Wood urges supporters to respond to the consultation in the interests of vulnerable patients.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched... Read More »

Tags: Secular Medical Forum, Healthcare, Reproductive Rights

The new UN Secretary General must not allow religion to override human rights

The new UN Secretary General must not allow religion to override human rights

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 by Keith Porteous Wood

UN Secretary General designate needs to ignore Catholic pressure to row back on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gay Rights, writes Keith Porteous Wood.

The former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been officially appointed as the next... Read More »

Tags: United Nations, Catholic Church, Abortion, Reproductive Rights

Channel 4’s Dispatches reveals intimidating tactics of US-inspired anti-abortion campaigners

Channel 4’s Dispatches reveals intimidating tactics of US-inspired anti-abortion campaigners

Posted: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 by Dr Antony Lempert

Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum reacts to Channel 4 Dispatches' programme that showed the shock tactics UK anti-abortion campaigners are importing from America.

This week's Channel 4's Dispatches, presented by Cathy Newman, went undercover among... Read More »

Tags: Abortion, Healthcare, Secular Medical Forum, Reproductive Rights

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Why “One of us”, the European anti-choice petition, should be monitored and tackled

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 by Julie Pernet

A statement on the "One of us" petition by Julie Pernet on behalf of the European Humanist Federation.

Launched in May 2012, the European citizens' initiative "One of us" has reached the required number of signatures — 1 million — to be presented... Read More »

Tags: Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality

Convictions for female genital mutilation: France - 100; Britain  0

Convictions for female genital mutilation: France - 100; Britain 0

Posted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 by Joan Smith

Back in 1999, a group of MPs criticised the author Germaine Greer. They were astonished by her claim in a book that criminalising female genital mutilation (FGM) amounted to "an attack on cultural identity". The MPs described Greer's view as "simplistic and... Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Reproductive Rights, FGM, Violence against Women

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Elizabeth O’Casey

Last month, a coalition of Egyptian NGOs launched a campaign, 'Kamla' (meaning 'complete' in Arabic), against female genital mutilation (FGM), after a botched operation resulted in the death of Egyptian teenager, Soheir Mohamed Al- Batea.

FGM is an intensely... Read More »

Tags: FGM, Reproductive Rights, Human Rights of Women

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

The “cutting season” and FGM in the UK: A national disgrace, a national shame

Posted: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 by Elizabeth O’Casey

Last month, a coalition of Egyptian NGOs launched a campaign, 'Kamla' (meaning 'complete' in Arabic), against female genital mutilation (FGM), after a botched operation resulted in the death of Egyptian teenager, Soheir Mohamed Al- Batea.

FGM is an intensely... Read More »

Tags: FGM, Reproductive Rights, Gender Equality, Violence against Women

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Conscientious objection in Scotland: a worrying precedent

Posted: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 by Louise Finer

With NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde seeking to appeal the ruling for the allowance of conscientious exemption from abortion procedures, Louise Finer of Reproductive Health Matters argues that judges must not forget the rights of women – to health, autonomy,... Read More »

Tags: Scotland, Reproductive Rights, Religion & Belief

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

I’m grateful every day that I live in a secular society – and so should we all be

Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 by National Secular Society

By Anne Marie Waters

I've been hearing and reading a lot of debates recently about secularism; what it is, what it isn't.

There are several viewpoints flying around, lots of "militant" and other hyperbolic words; many designed, no doubt, to stir up trouble and... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Secularism, Woman's Rights, LGBT Rights, Reproductive Rights

Education for Choice launch report into abortion education in UK schools

Education for Choice launch report into abortion education in UK schools

Posted: Tue, 05 Feb 2013 by Education for Choice

Guest post by Education for Choice

Our new report 'Abortion Education in the UK: Failing our young people?' reveals the extent of poor-quality education on the topic of abortion.

Some teachers and external speakers delivering lessons on abortion have been found... Read More »

Tags: Religious education, Gender Equality, Reproductive Rights

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Ireland awaits Human Rights report on its abortion law

Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 by Claire McCormack

By Claire McCormack

Ireland awaits a September report on its abortion laws by a European Court of Human Rights panel of experts at a time of rising political tensions over the issue and a backdrop of steep declines in the popularity of religion.

In Ireland ,... Read More »

Tags: Gender Equality, Church & State, Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Ireland

The Catholic push for power is failing

The Catholic push for power is failing

Posted: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Yesterday the Catholic Church in America began a campaign it calls "A Fortnight for Freedom" which it says is an effort to raise awareness among Catholics of the threats to their religious liberty. In particular they want to "raise awareness" about the Obama... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

The Catholic Church is trying to flex its political muscle to humiliate Obama – but does it still have the strength?

Posted: Thu, 24 May 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has ramped up the Catholic Church's politically motivated assault on the Obama administration by accusing the President of "strangling" religious freedom by requiring Catholic employers to provide workers with birth control... Read More »

Tags: Church & State, Catholic Church, USA, Reproductive Rights

Hitler, Stalin, Obama and a belligerent Catholic Church

Hitler, Stalin, Obama and a belligerent Catholic Church

Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic Church seems to be turning itself from being a religious body into being a rather unpleasant political party – one that is so reactionary it makes the Tea Party look like the Teddy Bears Picnic.

For instance, the Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, USA, Obama, Reproductive Rights

The Catholic War on Democracy

The Catholic War on Democracy

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson

At a Vatican meeting with Catholic bishops from the USA last month, the Pope told them that they had a duty to apply pressure on Catholic politicians to get Catholic doctrine written into law.

Ratzinger said: "The Church has a critical role to play in countering... Read More »

Tags: Catholic Church, Reproductive Rights, Church & State